* Updated season/career stats are available above.


SALT LAKE CITY - The No. 15 University of Oregon softball (27-9, 6-5) won its fifth straight series opener with a 9-0 blanking of Utah (23-16, 0-10) Friday afternoon at Ute Field.

In the circle for UO, freshman Karissa Hovinga (8-3) posted her third shutout of the season to tie for the team lead with All-Pac-12 returnee Jessica Moore.

The Ralston, Neb., native Hovinga struck out six, walked four and scattered allowed five hits to notch her first league win and seventh complete game overall.

The Ducks owned a 14-5 hit margin, and en route to single runs in the second and third innings, three runs in the fifth, and two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Oregon's sixth shutout of the season also stood as its second in league play.

Junior right fielder Samantha Pappas continued her recent tear at the plate with a three-run homer in the fifth inning - her fourth round-tripper of the season and third the last five games. Her batting average is equally paltry the last seven contests with a .450 mark (9-for-20) to go along with 10 RBI.

In the second inning, sophomore catcher Alexa Peterson connected on her second game-winning RBI the last three games with an RBI single to the right side. The batter before, senior Christie Nieto, doubled down the right field line - her sixth two-base hit of the season in only 56 at-bats (and all after the opening month).

In the third, senior Kelsey Chambers doubled in UO's second run after sophomore Courtney Ceo opened the inning with a single. Chambers' two-bagger was her team-leading 17th extra-base hit of the season and gives her 34th career doubles to move into a tie for seventh all-time for Oregon.

In the fifth inning, Pappas' three-run homer knocked in Ceo and junior Kaylan Howard who had walked to start the inning.

In the sixth, UO added its next two runs thanks to aggressive base-running by senior Lindsey Chambers and Kaylan Howard who scored on a wild pitch and steal of home, respectively. The pair had reached via a two-out walk and single, and the latter also swiped second base for her fourth stolen base of the season.

In the seventh, Oregon's freshman trio of pinch-hitters Jamie Rae Sullivan and Sara Goodrum and center fielder Janie Takeda singled to load the bases with one out. Lindsey Chambers followed with a two-run double - her fifth hit in her last eight at-bats - for Oregon's final runs of the game.

En route to her third multi-hit effort the last four contests, Nieto (3-for-3) celebrated her first three-hit game of the season. The Las Flores, Calif., native also set a team season high for doubles in a game (2) with her other opening the fourth inning.

Two other Ducks rapped multiple hits - Ceo (2-for-2, walk) and Howard (2-for-4, walk).

Ceo also stole a pair of bases for the second time in four games and raised her season total to 10, and moved into a tie for the team lead with Pappas.

Utah starting pitcher and senior Generra Nielson (17-12), pitched the first six innings, struck out three, walked four, allowed 10 hits, and all seven runs allowed were earned. Freshman Mariah Ramirez pitched the final inning, struck out one, walked none, gave up four hits, and both runs allowed were earned.

The Ute's best chance to score came in the fifth inning when its 1-2 hitters Kelsi Hoopiiaina and Tia Palauni walked to open the inning. After a strikeout of Whitney Holm, a walk loaded the bases, but Hovinga bounced back to force a pop-out to the shortstop and handled a line-out herself to end the threat.

Utah also left two runners in the second inning after a one-out walk and single, but Hovinga forced a fielder's choice and line-out to Takeda in center field.

The past three weeks, UO also won its first games of series vs. four current top-25 league rivals (with current rankings and scores included) - No. 23 Oregon State (8-2), No. 3 Arizona State (3-0), No. 15 Stanford (8-5) and No. 7 Washington (5-3).

Friday's outcome also marked Oregon's fifth straight decision in the series with the Utes dating back to 2007, and last two coming under third-year head coach Mike White in 2010 (4-2) and '11 (8-5 (9 innings).

Looking ahead, UO has single games against Utah on Saturday and Sunday that will start at 3 p.m. and 11 a.m. Pacific Time, respectively.

Live stats and a link to a free audio broadcast are available at the www.UtahUtes.com website.


LINESCORE


#15 Oregon 9, Utah 0 (Apr 13, 2012 at Salt Lake City, Utah)
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#15 Oregon...... 011 032 2 -  9 14  0      (27-9, 6-5 Pac-12)
Utah............ 000 000 0 -  0  5  0      (23-16, 0-10 Pac-12)
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Pitchers: Oregon - Hovinga, Karissa and Peterson, Alexa; Melick, Hannah. Utah - Nielson; Ramirez(7) and Akins. Win-Hovinga, Karissa(8-3)  Loss-Nielson(17-12)  T-2:21  A-151. HR ORE - Pappas, Samantha. Weather: 50 degrees, sunny


BOXSCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY


#19 Oregon at Utah
Apr 13, 2012 at Salt Lake City, Utah (Ute Softball Field)

Oregon 9 (27-9,6-5 Pac-12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Ceo, Courtney 3b 
   Chambers, Lindsey 3b 
Howard, Kaylan 2b 
Chambers, Kelsey ss 
Cuico, Kailee 1b 
Pappas, Samantha rf 
   Sullivan, Jamie Rae lf 
Nieto, Christie dp 
   Goodrum, Sara rf/dp 
Peterson, Alexa
   Melick, Hannah
Takeda, Janie cf 
Burger, Allie lf/dp 
Hovinga, Karissa
Totals  34  14  21 
  

Utah 0 (23-16,0-10 Pac-12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Hoopiiaina ss 
Palauni 1b  11 
Holm 3b 
   Bergman ph 
Elliott dp 
   Bowles pr/lf 
Dickman lf/rf 
Sweet 2b 
   Mendenhall pr 
Clements rf/dp 
Akins c 
   Cook ph 
Fankhauser cf 
Nielson p 
   Ramirez p 
Totals  26  21  12 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Oregon.............. 011 032 2 -  9 14  0
Utah................ 000 000 0 -  0  5  0
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LOB - ORE 8; Utah 9. 2B - Chambers, L; Chambers, K; Nieto, C 2; Hoopiiaina. HR - Pappas, S. SB - Ceo, C 2; Howard, K 2.
Oregon   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Hovinga, Karissa W,8-3  7.0  26  30  10  134 
  
Utah   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Nielson L,17-12  6.0  10  27  31  10  122 
Ramirez   1.0  26 
Win - Hovinga, K (8-3). Loss - Nielson (17-12). Save - None. WP - Nielson. Pitches/strikes: Hovinga, K 134/82; Nielson 122/74; Ramirez 26/15.

Umpires - HP: Kevin Davis 1B: Dale Wilson 3B: Lori Bish
Start: 4 p.m. Time: 2:21 Attendance: 151
Weather: 50 degrees, sunny

 
Play-by-Play
 

2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#19 Oregon at Utah
Apr 13, 2012 at Salt Lake City, Utah (Ute Softball Field)

Oregon starters: 22/3b Ceo, C; 3/2b Howard, K; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 17/dp Nieto, C; 14/c Peterson, A; 19/cf Takeda, J; 2/lf Burger, A; 10/p Hovinga, K;

Utah starters: 24/ss Hoopiiaina; 18/1b Palauni; 3/3b Holm; 8/dp Elliott; 2/lf Dickman; 1/2b Sweet; 5/rf Clements; 9/c Akins; 25/cf Fankhauser; 11/p Nielson;

Oregon 1st - Ceo, C singled to left center (1-2 BFF). Howard, K singled to shortstop (1-0 B); Ceo, C advanced to second. Chambers, K popped up to ss (2-2 FFBB). Howard, K advanced to second; Ceo, C stole third. Cuico, K struck out swinging (3-2 BBSBSS). Pappas, S grounded out to 2b (2-2 SFBBF). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Utah 1st - Hoopiiaina lined out to rf (1-1 BS). Palauni walked (3-2 BBBSFB). Holm grounded out to 1b unassisted (0-0); Palauni advanced to second. Elliott lined out to 3b (3-2 BBBSF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon 2nd - Nieto, C doubled down the rf line (0-0). Peterson, A singled through the right side, RBI (1-0 B); Nieto, C scored. Takeda, J struck out swinging (0-2 SSFS); Peterson, A out at first c to 2b to 1b. Burger, A grounded out to ss (1-2 SSFBF). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Utah 2nd - Dickman lined out to cf (1-1 SB). Sweet singled through the left side (3-1 BFBB). Clements singled through the left side (0-2 FS); Sweet advanced to second. Cook pinch hit for Akins. Cook reached on a fielder's choice (0-0); Clements out at second 2b to ss; Sweet advanced to third. Akins to c for Cook. Fankhauser lined out to cf (3-2 SBBFB). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Oregon 3rd - Ceo, C singled to third base, bunt (0-1 S). Howard, K popped up to ss (1-0 B). Chambers, K doubled to left center, RBI, advanced to third on the throw (1-1 FB); Ceo, C scored. Cuico, K grounded out to 3b (1-1 BF). Pappas, S struck out swinging (2-2 SBSBS). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Utah 3rd - Hoopiiaina flied out to rf (0-0). Palauni singled to right field (2-2 BBSF). Holm reached on a fielder's choice (2-2 SBFB); Palauni out at second 3b to 2b. Elliott struck out looking (2-2 SFBFBFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon 4th - Nieto, C doubled to left field (2-2 BFBF). Peterson, A grounded out to 3b (2-2 FBBF). Takeda, J grounded out to p (0-1 S); Nieto, C advanced to third. Burger, A grounded out to 3b (1-1 FB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Utah 4th - Dickman grounded out to p (1-1 SB). Sweet walked (3-2 BBSBFFB). Clements flied out to lf (0-2 SS). Akins singled to left field (1-2 SSB); Sweet advanced to second. Fankhauser struck out looking (2-2 SSFBBFFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Oregon 5th - Ceo, C walked (3-2 BBSSBB). Ceo, C stole second. Howard, K walked (3-1 BBFBB). Chambers, K flied out to lf (2-2 BSFB); Howard, K advanced to second; Ceo, C advanced to third. Cuico, K reached on a fielder's choice (3-2 SFBBB); Howard, K advanced to third; Ceo, C out at home 3b to c. Chambers, L to 3b for Ceo, C. Pappas, S homered to right field, 3 RBI (0-0); Cuico, K scored; Howard, K scored. Nieto, C singled to left field (1-2 FFB). Peterson, A grounded out to 2b (2-0 BB). 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Utah 5th - Hoopiiaina doubled to right field (1-2 SFFBF). Palauni walked (3-0 BBBB). Holm struck out swinging (2-2 SSBB). Elliott walked (3-1 BBSBB); Palauni advanced to second; Hoopiiaina advanced to third. Bowles pinch ran for Elliott. Dickman popped up to ss (2-2 FBFFFBF). Mendenhall pinch ran for Sweet. Mendenhall lined out to p (2-0 BB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Oregon 6th - Bowles to lf. Dickman to rf. Sweet to 2b for Mendenhall. Clements to dp. Takeda, J grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-1 BF). Burger, A lined out to cf. Chambers, L walked (3-0 BBBB). Howard, K singled to right center (0-1 F); Chambers, L advanced to third. Howard, K stole second. Howard, K advanced to third; Chambers, L scored on a wild pitch. Chambers, K walked (3-2 BSBFFBB). Chambers, K advanced to second; Howard, K stole home. Cuico, K grounded out to 3b (2-2 FBBS). 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Utah 6th - Clements struck out swinging (2-2 SBBFS). Akins struck out looking (3-2 BBSFBS). Fankhauser grounded out to p (0-2 SSF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon 7th - Ramirez to p for Nielson. Sullivan, J to lf for Pappas, S. Goodrum, S to rf for Nieto, C. Melick, H to c for Peterson, A. Burger, A to dp. Sullivan, J singled through the left side (1-1 BS). Goodrum, S singled to right center (1-1 BF); Sullivan, J advanced to second. Melick, H lined out to rf (3-1 BSBB). Takeda, J singled to right field (2-2 BBFS); Goodrum, S advanced to second; Sullivan, J advanced to third. Burger, A struck out looking (2-2 SBBFS). Chambers, L doubled to left center, 2 RBI (2-0 BB); Takeda, J advanced to third; Goodrum, S scored; Sullivan, J scored. Howard, K grounded out to p (0-1 F). 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Utah 7th - Pappas, S to rf for Sullivan, J. Goodrum, S to dp. Burger, A to lf. Hoopiiaina lined out to lf (0-2 FF). Palauni flied out to rf (0-2 SF). Bergman pinch hit for Holm. Bergman struck out swinging (3-2 FBFBBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.